We have had signs recently that the DWP are getting up to their old tricks and trying to get people in the ESA Support Group to attend a “back to work” interview at their Jobcentre. According to the DWP Webpage, if you are in the Support Group you “You don’t have to go to [back… Continue Reading Are you in the ESA Support Group, have you been asked to go to an interview about getting work?
At quarter to four this afternoon the Government sent PLP a letter confirming that they will not be appealing RF’s win at the High Court. This means that as of tomorrow – Regulation 2(4) from the 2017 Regulations is quashed and the original 2012 Regulation on planning and following a journey stands. The MH judgement… Continue Reading Breaking News – PIP legal challenge result stands
Have you experienced barriers to legal action re your Human rights? Please let me know If you have ever taken legal action regarding your rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 or if various barriers has prevented you from doing this, such as The lack of: · information about how the Human Rights Act 1998… Continue Reading Contributions for Human Rights Committee needed
This is from a post sent to us asking us to make people aware of the issues Brighter Berkshire/Conservatives for Mental Health I am worried about labour politicians being co-opted into promoting Conservative mental health policy in mental health initiatives that have cross party support. There is metal health awareness campaign… Continue Reading Tory MentalHealth scam- warning
Whatever happened to free speech and freedom of opinion? It seems that this is something Tory MPs don’t believe in especially when it is a disabled person exercising those rights. Mick Hardy, a veteran disability rights campaigner from Norfolk, is being taken to court for shouting at Chloe Smith MP at the Norwich Pride Parade… Continue Reading No Right to Free Speech? Have we become a Fascist State?
Miriam from Brighton DPAC joins RMT picket to keep guards on trains at 4am. Here she explains why this is so important.
DPAC Norfolk: Lobbied against Norfolk STP Protests against WCA outside Maximus assessment centre Protest against PIP at Atos assessment centre Norwich Took part in Norwich Pride parade in July ROFA -UN CRPD delegation with DPAC. Dpac Glasgow have built link with RMT, unison & PCS. We are co producing with PCS a benefit survival… Continue Reading Reports from some of our local groups for 2017
The NHS is facing one of the worst winter crisis in it’s history, but it’s a crisis not caused by the weather alone, it’s caused by this Governments deliberate underfunding, cuts and privatisation. Along with Health Campaigns Together The People’s Assembly are calling a demonstration to demand that the Government fix the NHS crisis now.… Continue Reading March for the NHS February 3rd London
As always we are so grateful to you all for the various types of support we’ve had this year from you. Without that support none of the things we do would be possible. We’ve seconded four extra people to the Steering Group this year and are very happy to welcome their input. We also always… Continue Reading DPAC round up 2017
The DPAC steering group would like to wish everyone our best wishes for the festive season and the New Year. We’ll be posting an update of our activities, and those of some of our local groups, this year as soon as possible and have some exciting events and plans for 2018. Our fightback against… Continue Reading Season’s Greetings
Today, the 21st of December, the High Court judge Mr Justice Mostyn allowed the claim in the case of RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The case was brought by a Disabled person with mental health support needs to challenge the changes the government made to Personal Independence Payment Regulations in March… Continue Reading Big legal victory for Disabled people: the DWP’s changes to PIP regulations were declared unlawful today
Assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work – your experience There is a Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work. To inform Inclusion London’s evidence to the inquiry I would be grateful if you can send me: Your experience of assistive technology, both the… Continue Reading Assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work – your experience
The outcome of the PIP legal challenge against the changes to who qualifies for Mobility component which will affect people with a MH condition is due to be handed down this week – either tomorrow or Thursday and there are a number of press people interested in reporting on it. However they want to speak… Continue Reading Pip legal challenge – could you speak to the media
Closure of the independent living fund and the negative impacts of funding shortfall for maintaining individuals’ care packages has been the centre of disabled peoples independent living campaigns since 2012. Whilst cuts to state-funded assistance have been blamed on austerity, there is one area of care that is rolling in cash, hundreds millions of pounds… Continue Reading The Need to Fight Institutionalisation by Simone Aspis
This guide has been produced by Winvisible with support from others. If your GP or support worker etc don’t know what to do this information should be passed onto them. Benefit assessments – exemption to protect ‘vulnerable’ patients There is a great deal of evidence about the profound distress which face-to-face assessments for disability benefits… Continue Reading Advice for Professionals re- exemptions for people facing assessments
DWP freefone numbers December 2017 Access to work 08001217479 Benefit enquiry line 08001690310 DLA adult and child 08001214600 DLA mobility 08001216379 DWP online help desk 08001690154 Induustrial Injuries Disabled benefit 08001218379 Jobcentre enquiry line 08001690190 Maternity Allowance enquiry line 08001690283 PIP enquiries 08001214433 Social Fund enquiries 08001690140 UC live service 0800 3289344 UC full service… Continue Reading New DWP Freephone Numbers – including UC numbers
Sarah Graham – Freelance Journalist #JournoRequest:Sarah wants to hear from disabled young adults (20-30ish) who are desperate to move out of their parents’ home but struggling to find the accessible housing they’d need to live independently. Perhaps you’d need certain adaptations that housing providers and private landlords aren’t prepared to make, or your local authority… Continue Reading Journalist looking for young disabled people
Work & Pensions Committee hears from specialist disability groups on the PIP and ESA assessments on Monday One of the big concerns the Committee has heard about DWP’s contracted PIP and ESA assessors is how their staff are qualified to assess the impact of multiple, serious and complex physical and mental health conditions on people’s lives, and how those… Continue Reading Monday: Committee hears from specialist disability groups on the PIP and ESA assessments
As people are likely to know Phillip Hammond is blaming disabled people being part of the UK workforce for lower productivity rates. This is without any evidence being provided to support this bollocks. So we’d like to reply to Phillip and let him know what we all think about this latest abuse. Please feel free… Continue Reading Our Response to Phillip Hammond
A new resource to find help and advice in your area has been launched today. It’s by LASA, the charity which runs RightsNet and other services. The services it signposts you too are all vetted too. Just enter your postcode and ask it for the service you need. https://advicelocal.uk/ Advicelocal
Many of the areas identified by the United Nations disability committee where regression of Disabled people’s rights are taking place are socio-economic. Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 that has never been implemented would place a duty on all public bodies to assess the socio-economic impact of all policy decisions. This would add an… Continue Reading Action on Equality Rights – ask your MP to support the enforcement of section 1 of the Equality Act 2010
Difficulties accessing Universal Credit? Please let Al at Inclusion London know any difficulties you have had with accessing Universal Credit. We will pass this information to the DWP who are now interested in making the application process for Universal Credit (UC) more accessible. Difficulties with accessing UC could include: A lack of accessible information about… Continue Reading Difficulties accessing Universal Credit?
On November 16 2017, during a House of Lords debate on Universal Credit, Lord Shinkwin, who is himself disabled, accused MPs from the ‘hard left’ of scaremongering, and exaggerating the problems that Universal Credit is causing. We know that the problems are already very real, and directly impacting on disabled people. When Disabled people in… Continue Reading Universal Credit – have you had a bad experience? Let Lord Shinkwin know
NDEPENDENT LIVING CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE Saturday 25th November, 2017 11am – 4:30pm 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA The aim of the conference is to take stock of the key barriers to independent living that Disabled people who use adult social care services face. The day will aim to assess how far the situation has deteriorated… Continue Reading Independent Living Campaign Conference – November 25th